Charleston Forge - Thursday, October 30, 2014
Behind every piece of art there is an artist. Behind every artist there is a story. It is the story within the artist that gives them inspiration and unharnesses their imagination, allowing them to create things that astonish us and move us. We so love sharing our artists and their inspiration with you. We want you to know the whole story, so when someone asks, "where did you find that lovely piece”, you don't simply tell them where you bought it, you can add, “ And let me tell you the story behind it”…
At Charleston Forge we work with a lot of artists, beginning with design and creation of each piece. One of our designers, John Davis from Roanoke, Virginia, has a story about the concept behind the Monarch base. John was crossing an ancient arched stone bridge over a rushing stream in Sweden when he felt inspired to interpret the scene into a console for Charleston Forge. It was a grey day, cloudy and misting but the shape of that bridge piped rays of beauty into his imagination. Instantly he knew that the frame finish had to be done in our hand-rubbed antique silver, reflecting the character of that day. The path over the bridge was covered in fine small ebony colored stones, the likes of which he had never seen. So, he directed the solid maple top of the console to be a soft, alligator skin texture in our hand applied, ebony finish. Mission accomplished, a magnificent console, inspired by ancient shapes, interpreted into modern form.
This is the original Monarch Console as designed by John Davis.
And now more of the story...
Meet our Master craftsman, Ernie. Out in our factory, Ernie works hard with John's original drawings. He and his team then build each and every piece of the console by hand, carefully measuring each bend, cut and weld.
From John's original design, other stunning Monarch creations have emerged...
Meet our Monarch Bench...
Our newest desk introduction...
and a multitude of custom pieces requested by interior designers and everyday Charleston Forge customers, such as this one shown below.
To find out more about our Monarch designs, either what is currently in our line or a custom idea you may have, contact us at Charleston Forge here.
John Davis also designs the most unique and high quality, Silver Tear Campers, click here to see more.
Charleston Forge - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A cozy autumn evening in front of the fire most certainly should include indulging in sweet, melting s'mores. Hand forged skewers from CF Home's online store will toast the marshmallows perfectly. And on this particular autumn evening, we sandwiched the toasted marshmallows and melting chocolate between the best home made graham crackers we have ever tasted. Yum! They were baked from Susan Barber's personal recipe, which she will share with you. Just drop Susan an email with 'graham crackers' in the subject line. firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also purchase the skewers for yourself or as a gift, here on our online store:
Charleston Forge - Thursday, October 10, 2013
Andy and Ernie, seen here in the forge, put the final touches on the new Charleston Forge sign, which will be highlighted in our showroom at the High Point Furniture Market October 19-24th.
We will follow up with a photo of the finished showroom very soon!
The World's Home for Home Furnishings
The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn't exist.
- 180 Buildings
- 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
- 75,000 Attendees Each Market
- More Than 2000 Exhibitors
- 100+ Countries Represented
- Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
- Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International
Charleston Forge - Monday, October 07, 2013
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus
Very little compares to the colors of Autumn, waiting for those few days where the color is the ripest is a thrill for the nature lover. The fall color hasn't quite peaked here in the Blue Ridge mountains, Photographer Rusty Alberton's is sharing with his photos taken recently in Arizona, where fall is in full bloom. Enjoy!
Tara Jackson - Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Slide #3 features the Oxford Bed in a nautically themed room in a designers vacation home in Massachusetts.
Just ask for the Charleston Forge Oxford Bed.
Tara Jackson - Monday, July 23, 2012
Interested in this piece? Contact Charleston Forge for pricing Information at info@Charlestonforge.com or 828.264.0100
Remember, Charleston Forge LOVES to customize. Have an idea for a piece of furniture you want built? We can do it. And we do it "Made in America" style.
Tara Jackson - Monday, June 25, 2012
We love seeing custom pieces come through our shop every day.
The scale of materials, and the finish combinations made this piece especially attractive. This table, shown in our Antique Pewter finish with a Saddle on Maple top complimented by vintage distressing, was custom made specifically for Interior Accents in London, ON, Canada.
Pure and Simple. It's what we do. We are Charleston Forge.
Tara Jackson - Monday, May 14, 2012
The Charleston Forge Annual Sale runs from Friday, June 1st from 9am-5pm, until Saturday, June 2nd from 9am-4pm at our Boone, NC factory location. Items available will include Charleston Forge classics, along with new items and market samples. Other local vendors offerring items such as mattresses, sofas & recliners, leather sectionals and oriental rugs will have product on location and available to the public. Be sure to stop by early for the largest selection!
Tara Jackson - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
While I know there are plenty of blogs out there that share their experience with the High Point Furniture Market, veterans or fashion experts are usually the authors. Name brand companies have teams whose sole goal is to paint their company in the light of success based on another "in house" team’s market research. People who follow the trends and know the furniture industry inside and out, knowing just what to say in order to trigger a sale or interest.
I am not one of those people. I am new to the furniture industry and I tend to tell it how it is because I believe people want the truth… want to see a company as a person, not as a big corporation with CEO’s that could care less about their employees. I graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a photography degree in December of 2011. I’d never been to market, in fact, I hardly knew what it was. I had four months to learn everything about the company; who they are, what they stand for, what the mission is and how they have changed since the furniture industry went over seas; all of that goes in to communicating who they are photographically. Four months to develop and perfect my eye and lighting and editing when shooting furniture (my graduating portfolio revolved around portraiture - and the two are hardly related.) Four months to grasp the vast meaning of the High Point Furniture Market – the biggest furniture market in the world.
In all honesty, the marketing team here (which really consists of a marketing director… and me, a photographer, retoucher and social media fan) really began preparation for this years April market five weeks prior to its opening. We sat down, looked at a calendar and began talking about what needed to be accomplished between then and April 21st. My head began spinning; furniture wasn’t built (the order hadn’t even been finalized,) the new catalog hadn’t been in process for long, take-aways had to be thought about, press packets hadn’t been discussed, ideas for design and color schemes for the showroom hadn’t been approached, and every part of this process had to be photographed, designed or edited in one way or another. Five weeks. Five.
The idea for our newly improved image was upscale, geared towards women. Clean. We’d been headed that direction for a long time, but were having a hard time communicating it. Our look had to match that this time around, communicate that. It’s who we are now, yet all people seemed to think of us for was our Bakers Racks... the foundation to the Charleston Forge expansion all those years ago.
I was continually told that market was glamorous, busy, buzzy and nothing less than exciting. Five weeks and I was having a hard time seeing it. I am surrounded by a factory; men covered in metal dust, loud noises and flying sparks, and a vast space that could serve as a horror film backdrop at night - jagged metal, sparsely lit. The only clean white space is my studio here at the factory, and even that is in need of new paint after the frenzy that is market prep. At that point, I could only guess where we were truly headed, and all I had to work with was lighting. The head spinning continued as I frantically photographed and edited and designed and edited… and edited.
Then the CEO, Art Barber, and I went to High Point, to the Charleston Forge Showroom. I fell in love with the Market Square building. The old brick, the large windows streaming light in, the open spaces… and while no one had even begun to set up for the upcoming Market, there were plenty of showrooms still set up from the October 2011 Market. I felt that I was back in New York City, visiting Martha Stewarts studios. I suddenly saw the vision of what had been discussed back at our factory. I saw our product beautifully lit against an upscale backdrop and on the level of New York. Instead of old school bakers racks, I saw beautiful clean finishes and accent pieces paired with amazingly designed beds and consoles. I came back to Boone with a much clearer and cleaner vision of our goal for this years Market.
We got it done. With only a few weeks left, and with a very limited staff, we finished everything we’d set out to do to portray Charleston Forge in the light that it deservs.
While I did not get to see market in full swing, the Thursday before market opened was enlightening. The showroom was fully set up, the press packets were delivered and our reps were set to meet with us. I was impressed with what our team had accomplished in such a short period of time, especially when the showrooms of names much bigger and well staffed than ours were still full of boxes that had only earlier that day been delivered… and there wasn’t a person in sight unpacking or directing the flow of what needed to happen in order to be fully prepared for market to open.
We accomplished our goals, and the success of the April High Point Market, and the reaction of visitors to our showroom, reflected all of the hard work and dedication we put in to it.
Tara Jackson - Friday, April 20, 2012
A few weeks ago, we had a customer contact Charleston Forge about creating a custom bed. They had a design complete with sketches, but they needed some details and some metal working talent to accomplish it. Our team worked together on this king size behemoth named "Recon" to the customers specifications.
While its difficult to show through a photograph how beautifully massive this piece is, it is just that... beautifully massive! There are really very few other ways to describe this work of art. After it was put together, waiting for its new paint, every person here at our Boone, NC location went out to the factory to see it, and the response was across the board: WOW.
(I am 6'0" tall, and felt dwarfed by this beautiful creation)
Just a note: The second photo in the series is of a member of our customs team working the metal that was to become one of the feet of this bed. The weight and size on their own was impressive, and provides a very sturdy base to this design.